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FROM THE August 2011 ISSUE

Hasegawa Honda RS250RW

Hasegawa Honda RS250RW
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Honda RS250RW
Hasegawa No. 21501
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray, clear
Scale: 1/12
MSRP: $62.99
Pros: Excellent detail, especially in engine; precise parts fit
Cons: Painting was a challenge; masks would have helped. Some screws too short

This marks a first for Hasegawa: a 1/12 scale 250cc race bike kit. I hope it is not its last!

The kit has more than 100 precision- molded parts in white, gray, and clear. There are two main cowlings: one molded in clear and another molded in white, in case the modeler wants to display the frame and engine detail. The race tires are crisply molded in real rubber, with virtually no mold seams.   

The first areas I like to tackle are the body cowlings. The upper and side parts are molded as one unit, with no mold lines. The tank is molded in halves, along with the rear seat pods. The lower cowling is molded as one unit. Everything fits together with precision, making cleanup and seam elimination a breeze.

Painting the bike proved to be a little challenging! It would have been nice if Hasegawa had provided paint masks to make the paint job a bit easier.

The front windscreen clear shield snaps into place, with no glue needed.

The frame and swing arm assemblies assembled precisely in halves. The 1:1 frame and swing arm have a dull polished-aluminum finish. I replicated this by shooting the frame with Alclad chrome over gloss black. Toward the back of the frame, where the rider would sit, there are computer boxes that are exposed under the rear cowling when the bike is complete. 

The engine assembly is the real gem of the kit. I have built quite a few 1/12 scale race bikes but none of them had such added detail. The engine is a two-piece unit with separate heads and covers. Vinyl tubing is used for the plug wires. Fit of the engine components is superb, the only complaint being the intricacy of the completed assembly makes installation a bit finicky.

The air box in the kit houses the twin carburetors that are nicely molded, with intricate detail. A mesh cover in front of the carburetors gets covered with a mesh decal pattern that’s surprisingly realistic. The two-piece exhaust snaps into place perfectly.   

The rear tire snaps easily into the wheel, and looks amazing painted gloss black against the flat black rubber tire. The rear rotor has holes drilled all the way through, so it looks realistic when painted. The drive chain has a slit in the back side near the sprocket that’s hidden when assembled to the wheel and tire.

The rear wheel and tire slips into the rear swing arm with ease, but the chain makes it a little difficult to align the parts. The screw to mount the rear wheel and tire assembly was a tad too short; I had to glue the wheel and tire to the axle mounts on the swing arm.     

Assembly of the front fork, handlebars, and tire was the final step to the completed basic portion of the bike. Careful painting is required prior to final assembly of the unit.

The front screw that holds the wheel to the fork tubes was too short, so I had use glue instead.

The handlebar mounts are uniquely shaped to prevent them from being assembled at the wrong angle.   

The entire front cowling attaches to four supports that are glued to the frame. The lower cowling snaps in place at three points on the frame and lower portion of the upper cowling. Hasegawa’s design makes it fairly easy to remove the cowlings and reinstall them if desired.    

Right out of the gate, Hasegawa got it right! The completed kit rivals any 1/12 scale model of this subject.


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